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What’s happening on youtube.com/music? If you’re a fan of one of indie rock’s most influential bands, a lot. Check out our picks for what's happening in music this week.

Death Cab for Cutie curation
Death Cab for Cutie’s intelligent, heart-restrained-by-head songs have always vibrated with barely-contained desire. They’re also innovative video-makers -- earlier this year they released a pretty stunning one-take video for “You Are A Tourist.” They followed it up by asking Shepard Fairey to tag L.A. with the lyrics to “Home Is A Fire.” So we were pretty psyched when Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer agreed to sit down and choose some of their favorite videos for us on the eve of the release of their new album Codes and Keys. Like the band itself, their videos are diverse, thoughtful, surprising and sometimes cute: you’ll find indie rock videos, sure, but also French bulldogs, exploding volcanoes, and a starry sky. Prepare to swoon.



Cibo Matto reunites
Everybody’s favorite quirky Japanese alterna-pop duo, Cibo Matto grabbed a devoted following back in the ‘90s for their deceptively simple, sly and silly songs. They weren’t rockstars, but they were cool and goofy and hard to ignore. They recently announced they’re getting back together for a tour and a new album. Here’s why you care:



Lavalier "Santa Claus Ain't Comin'"
When even Nylon Magazine is trying to remind us that there’s music being made outside of Brooklyn, it feels a bit perverse to hype yet another Brooklyn band. But Lavalier -- a slightly psychedelic, slightly melancholic indie band -- have something else going for them: their new video from the art collective Everything Is Terrible. The collective scours junk sales and thrift stores for discarded VHS tapes and turns them into hilarious videos. They hit the jackpot with this one, sending up ‘80s culture by using detritus from the decade itself. This is cultural archeology at its best -- and the song’s not bad, either.



Sarah Bardeen, Music Community Manager, recently watched “Go - Santogold & Karen O."

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In the past five months, YouTube World View has challenged leaders to talk about some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. Until today, these leaders have resided squarely in the government space, however, our next World View subject has a slightly different background.

Starting today, you can ask questions of philanthropist and soulful crooner John Legend. In addition to being a nine-time Grammy Award winner (!) and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, John is the founder of the Show Me Campaign, an effort to use education to break the cycle of poverty.

John wants to hear your questions about education, whether they’re about raising the standard of education around the world, improving the quality of teachers, or the work he is doing with the Show Me Campaign. You can head over to www.youtube.com/worldview to submit your questions now. He’ll answer the top-voted questions in a special interview that will be released on June 8.

Ramya Raghavan, News and Politics Manager, recently watched “John Legend in Ghana

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Tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, indie rock darlings My Morning Jacket will debut their new album Circuital in style: with a performance in Louisville, Kentucky’s historic Palace Theatre. No ticket? No problem. Watch the performance live on youtube.com/mymorningjacketvevo.

The show marks the next installment of the original music series UNSTAGED, in partnership with American Express and VEVO. UNSTAGED pairs bands with iconic film directors to create one-of-a-kind live performances.

Director Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, I’m Not There) will conduct the show. Haynes has been engaged with pop music throughout his career, crafting films that have frequently looked at music icons through an unusual lens: in Velvet Goldmine, he approached glam rock through the guise of a fictional, Bowie-like rock star named Brian Slade. In I’m Not There, six different actors inhabit or embody Bob Dylan’s many-faceted career. A subtle provocateur, Haynes has always looked to transgress social norms in his work.

As an indie band that often flirts with experimental elements, My Morning Jacket are a natural match for Haynes. The group burst onto the scene in 2001 with the release of their sophomore album At Dawn. Alt country had become the fashion among many northern rock bands, but as native southerners, these Kentucky boys came by their twang honestly. When they drenched it in oceans of reverb, what could have been relatively straightforward country rock verged on otherworldly.



Over the years, the band has evolved, experimenting with neo-psychedelia, reggae and progressive rock and even emulating Prince. Circuital sees the band returning to its early influences -- and returning home to Louisville to perform in the Palace Theatre, an ornate Spanish Baroque-style theater built in 1924. The theater oozes with atmosphere: the trompe l’oeil ceiling looks like an open sky, and a “hall of faces” features over a hundred sculptures of Socrates, Beethoven, Dante and more. The venue also has amazing acoustics -- and, according to some reports, a ghost.

Anything could happen tonight! Tune in early for an exclusive Q&A before the show, and keep an eye out for interesting components of the webcast: vote for their encore song, choose your camera angle, watch for user-submitted eyeball photos (yes, eyeballs) on stage, and potentially unlock some exclusive photo content during the performance!

Sarah Bardeen, Music Community Manager, recently watched “LOUDER|DUBSTEP.”

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Each weekday, we at YouTube Trends take a look at the most interesting videos and cultural phenomena on YouTube as they develop. We want take a moment to highlight some of what we've come across this week:



Check back every day for the latest about what's trending on YouTube at: www.YouTube.com/Trends

Kevin Allocca, YouTube Trends Manager, recently watched "Cee Lo Green - I Want You (Hold On To Love)."

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Congratulations to Mindy of CuteGirlsHairstyles, the YouTube Partner that won May’s edition of On The Rise with a record number of votes on the YouTube blog. On The Rise is your chance to decide which growing partner will get a day in the spotlight on the YouTube homepage, and based on your votes, CuteGirlsHairstyles is featured on our homepage today.

CuteGirlsHairstyles began years ago when Mindy’s eldest daughters were 18 months old. She started experimenting with new hairstyles to avoid standard pigtails, keeping a photo collection to keep track of the styles. She then created a blog to share the techniques and expanded her network to YouTube, where her video hairstyle tutorials like “Waterfall French Braid,” “Twists into Side Flip,” and “Side Ponytail Combo” quickly caught on.



Here’s a word from Mindy:

“I am a wife, a mom to six children (five of them girls), a hairblogger, a school board member, passionate about adoption, and full-time CEO and Logistics Director of our "organized chaos!” YouTube has become a major driver for our hairstyles, with thousands of subscribers coming from all over the world. For me, providing these tutorials brings satisfaction in knowing that girls worldwide are receiving a boost to their self esteems from all the daily compliments. It is also nice knowing that my daughters and I are helping moms and daughters find bonding time together each day. We sincerely want to thank our YouTube subscribers and fans for voting CuteGirlsHairstyles as May 2011's YouTube 'On The Rise' winner!"

If you’re enjoying our monthly blog series and want to see more rising YouTube stars, head over to our “On The Rise” channel and check out our playlists on the browse page. Check back next month, as your channel may be the next one featured!

Devon Storbeck, Partner Support, recently watched “Beachy Combo | Beautiful Hairstyles.”

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In May 2005, the YouTube founders launched YouTube.com, providing people with a platform to broadcast themselves to the world. Six years on, the world is watching and we wanted to say thank you to the YouTube community for a couple of amazing birthday presents.

First, your video. Back in November we
challenged you to up the volume of videos you uploaded to the site. And boy, did you take the bait. Today, more than 48 hours (two days worth) of video are uploaded to the site every minute, a 37% increase over the last six months and 100% over last year. From videos documenting a baby’s first steps in San Francisco, Calif., to a protest in Syria, to a commencement speech at Yale University, we’re continually impressed and inspired by the quality and breadth (in addition to quantity) of videos that you upload to the site every day. On our end, we're constantly evolving to provide the best video sharing and viewing experience for you from faster processing of uploads to longer video lengths to the launch of self-service live stream capabilities to partners.



What can happen in two days, you ask?

  • You could drive non-stop across the country from our office in San Bruno, Calif. to New York City
  • You could undertake a massive movie marathon by watching the entire Back to the Future trilogy eight and a half times (we’d recommend you do that at YouTube Movies)
  • An ambitious cheetah (the fastest land animal at an average running speed of 75 mph) starting in South Africa could traverse 3600 miles of the African continent and reach Egypt
The other great birthday present? Your views. We’re amazed that over this last weekend, you drove YouTube past the 3 billion views a day mark, a 50% increase over last year. That’s the equivalent of nearly half the world’s population watching a YouTube video each day, or every U.S. resident watching at least nine videos a day.

The first six years of a person’s life are incredibly important for development. The same could be said for a company. For the last six years we’ve grown and evolved in our quest to push video forward and deliver the best possible experience to you. So when will we reach 72 hours a minute, or 4 billion views a day? That’s up to you. For our part, we'll continue to work at delivering the diversity and quality of content you're asking for, from live streams of
music festivals to campaigns around social inspiration and change, rockstars in education to citizen-journalist coverage of global events and YOU showcasing your own talent. You’ve made YouTube successful because it’s a reflection of you and your world. If this is what we’ve accomplished together in six years, we can only imagine where you’ll take us in the next six!

The YouTube Team recently watched “
An Adorable 6-Year-Old Dancer”.

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Three months ago, we launched the YouTube Creator Institute with two institutions to provide aspiring content creators the fundamental skills to be successful on YouTube. The classes for the programs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Columbia College Chicago begin this month, and include guest lectures from acclaimed directors, producers, comedians, musicians and industry leaders.

We’d like to share the Creator Institute experience, so we invite you to ask questions for live streamed classes with some of these special guests throughout the summer. Here’s a rundown:

May 25: Jon Landau, Academy Award-winning Producer of Avatar and Titanic
Submit a question | Watch Live May 25 @ 7pm PT

May 31: Melissa Rosenberg, Acclaimed Writer and Producer of the Twilight Saga, Dexter and many others
Submit a question | Watch Live May 31 @ 7pm PT

June 1: SuzAnn Brantner, Head of Alternative Distribution and Marketing for Music, Film and Books at William Morris Endeavor
Submit a question | Watch Recorded Lecture from June 1

June 2: MysteryGuitarMan and FreddieW, YouTube Partners with millions of subscribers and views
Submit a question | Watch Live June 2 @ 7pm PT

June 14: McG, Director of Terminator Salvation and Charlie’s Angels, and Executive Producer of Supernatural, The OC and many others
Submit a question | Watch Live June 14 @ 7pm PT

July 7: Barely Political, one of YouTube’s most subscribed channels and creators of Obama Girl, Key of Awesome and Autotune the News
Submit a question | Watch Live July 7 @ 4pm PT

This program, in addition to YouTube NextUp, are part of the YouTube Next mission to supercharge creator development and accelerate Partner growth and success. Each program has a uniquely-created curriculum, featuring the skills of each university to provide YouTubers with storytelling and production techniques, as well as new media skills to be successful in today’s media.

You can visit youtube.com/creatorinstitute for more info around notices and links to guest lectures. Stay tuned for more surprises and more ways to get involved in YouTube creator programs this summer.

Bing Chen, YouTube Creator Institute Lead, recently watched “Never Enough - D-Pryde (Produced By: Scena) (Original).”

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While Lady Gaga tears up the charts (and makes her entire album available on YouTube), we’re dedicating this week to the under-the-radar artists who pump creative juices into YouTube’s veins. We’ve got a treasure trove of talent, starting with Diego Stocco, the Italian inventor/composer/multi-instrumentalist who can make an instrument out of discarded pianos and a song out of a bonsai tree. Jeff Pianki is a young singer-songwriter who wins hearts the old-fashioned way: with sweet lyrics and catchy melodies. Sanders Bohlke, the folk artist from Mississippi, has videos as easygoing as his music. And finally, Yasuhito Watanabe is a Japanese singer-songwriter brimming with crossover potential. Check them all out on youtube.com/music today.



Music from Everyday Objects
Can you make music out of a blow dryer? A bicycle? A bonsai tree? It turns out that a lot more artists think so than you might expect. Diego Stocco’s inventive pursuit of new sources for sound got us curious about who else is corralling everyday objects to make music on YouTube. And what we found is delightful: music made from wine glasses, a bottle opener, an old Soviet camera, a refrigerator door, Game Boys and much more.




Making Friendz “Situtation” video premiere
Making Friendz is Tami Hart, the former folk musician-turned-party girl who claims to be ripping off her buddies No Age, found herself a member of the tranny/dance collective MEN earlier this year, and is now gearing up for a new release on June 21. The first single is a big, noisy party song that’s equal parts New Pornographers and Valley Girl-era sass. And it’s perfectly matched by a crazy video from the directing team Wildwoodils. It’s all gross-out, 1980s Nickolodeon humor -- and very worth your time.



Sarah Bardeen, Music Community Manager, recently watched “Unidentified suspects triptych by Isaac Cordel.”

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Across the country, students are throwing on caps and gowns and marching across graduation stages to collect well-deserved diplomas. As important to a graduation ceremony as “Pomp and Circumstance”, commencement addresses have become a central component of the big day. From celebrities to humanitarians to heads of state, colleges and universities are putting a big focus on speakers that will inspire and entertain those gathered for the occasion.

Before online video, you would have to be a graduate or guest to receive these pearls of wisdom. Even then, you’d probably only be able to see a handful of commencement addresses in your lifetime. Now with YouTube, these speeches are available any day and to anyone seeking inspiration. With more than 5,000 videos for ‘commencement speech’, YouTube houses a vast repository of commencement addresses. Through YouTube EDU, colleges and universities have uploaded over 1,600 videos to their own channels.

You can hear J.K. Rowling share with Harvard University the impact failing early in her career had on ultimately achieving her life’s dream. You can join Ellen DeGeneres as she celebrates Tulane University’s graduating “Katrina Class” in her native New Orleans. For all history buffs out there, you can hear Sir Winston Churchill deliver his famous “Never Give In” speech at the Harrow School in London and John F. Kennedy discuss the importance of world peace in the context of the Cold War at American University. Try not to laugh watching Conan O’Brien’s address at Harvard University or Stephen Colbert’s at Knox College.



Here’s a small sampling of the speeches available on YouTube:
Hats off to the graduating classes of 2011 from YouTube!

Angela Lin, YouTube EDU Manager, recently watched “Bill Cosby’s Keynote Speech”.

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She’s got 32 million Facebook followers, 10 million Twitter fans, and a devoted legion of little monsters. But Mama Monster isn’t done with her quest for total pop domination: in a move in line with Gaga-esque surprises, Lady Gaga is posting audio tracks of the deluxe edition of her new album Born This Way on YouTube and VEVO on Sunday, May 22 at 9 p.m. PT to coincide with the album’s physical release. Go to her channel tonight to hear the new album from start to finish -- with five remixes thrown in for good measure.

While you're waiting, why not get a taste of what's to come?



Sarah Bardeen, Music Community Manager, recently watched “Santa Claus Ain’t Comin’ By Lavalier and Everything Is Terrible.”

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In advance of the Maker Faire in the SF Bay Area, we've asked Make Magazine, one of our YouTube Partners, to help celebrate the makers among us.

Video sharing is a major catalyst for do-it-yourself enthusiasts of all stripes. Many of those inspired by the Faires and the general and growing DIY movement, so vibrantly alive online, turn to online videos for learning the skills they need to undertake projects, to see other's finished projects, and to continue to be inspired by what's possible when their own creative juices start running a quart low. It would almost be unheard of to think about or start to undertake a DIY project these days without doing a YouTube search to see what videos are available on the subject.

This weekend, the Bay Area will once again play host to this DIY community at Maker Faire, celebrating its tenth show (which has so far pitched its tent in the Bay Area, Austin, Detroit, and New York). To give you an idea of what's out there for the budding maker, here are a few examples of tutorial videos, project demos, and jaw-dropping inspirationals.



Tubalcain is a favorite among metal shop geeks. He's a retired machine shop teacher, now passing on a career's worth of skill and work-a-day wisdom to a new generation. Imagine what treasures would be lost if folks like Tubalcain didn't have the opportunity to easily record and share their amazing knowledge with others.



Joseph DeRose is a 13 year old kid who decided to go all-out with a fully-functional Halloween costume from the sci-fi adventure video game Metroid. He shared progress videos on YouTube (and MAKE). His father told us that the accolades and “fame” he got helped inspire him to keep going to finish this very ambitious project. We hear this all of the time, how the notoriety and high-fives that come with posting videos of in-progress or finished projects greatly fuels the process (not to mention ones ego).

For this year's Maker Faire, we produced a series of short profiles from across the spectrum of makers who'll be showing at the Faire, from instrument builders to food preservationists to custom motorcycle makers. As wonderful and diverse as this series is, it's only a taste of the many flavors offered by the Faire. Keep an eye on the MAKE YouTube channel and the MAKE site for lots of video coverage and more maker and project profiles, which will all likely inspire a new round of makers, new future Faire exhibitors, and new slew of YouTube videos.



Some 80,000 people attended last year's Bay Area event and more are expected this year, with nearly a thousand “makers” showing off everything from battling robotic warship models to wacky art cars and all manner of arts and crafts to more robots and clever computer-controlled widgets than you can shake a soldering iron at. The show is an almost mind-altering display of endless creativity, inventiveness, and technical prowess, presented in an accessible “you can too” spirit and an enthusiastic geeky state fair atmosphere. It's almost impossible to go to a Faire and not come away inspired to do something. As one maker told us after one Bay Area Faire: “I became a maker the day I left the show.” He came back the next year as an exhibitor.

Gareth Branwyn, Editor-in-Chief of the MAKE website, recently watched “Utsushi - in search of Katsuhira's tiger. Part 1.”

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Each weekday, we at YouTube Trends take a look at the most interesting videos and cultural phenomena on YouTube as they develop. We want take a moment to highlight some of what we've come across this week:



Check back every day for the latest about what's trending on YouTube at: www.YouTube.com/Trends

Kevin Allocca, YouTube Trends Manager, recently watched "Darth Vader Salsa Trombone Playing and Dancing."

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This morning, Commander Mark Kelly, Space Shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station astronauts gave their first live interview from STS-134 to you, answering some of the 1,800 questions you asked via Google Moderator on the PBS NewsHour channel.

You asked about visiting Mars by 2030, about the power of space exploration that also benefits everyone back at home and about how astronauts feel on using social media to share their personal stories. Check out the answers and more discussion in the full interview here.



In case you were wondering, yes, the interview included a zero-gravity flip session.



To close with Commander Mark Kelly’s words from Monday’s launch: “This mission represents the power of teamwork, commitment and exploration. It is in the DNA of our great country to reach for the stars and explore. We must not stop.”

Ginny Hunt, Public Sector Program Manager, recently watched “Somersault in Space: Astronauts Try a Zero-Gravity Flip.”

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Cross posted from the Official YouTube Japan Blog

We in the Tokyo office just opened “YouTube Business Support Channel” to assist businesses in areas of Eastern Japan affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami. We wanted to let everyone know that many businesses in Eastern Japan are rebuilding and operating once again.



We worked with seven local newspapers in Eastern and Northeastern Japan to produce short videos introducing small businesses such as hot springs inns and organic rice farmers. In each video, the proprietor appears on camera to talk about recent conditions and show off the premises or a few recommended items that can be purchased. Videos also feature on-screen annotations that link directly to Google Places pages, e-commerce sites, and travel services so that people in Japan can easily buy the shops’ goods or reserve rooms at the ryokan spa hotels. The channel currently has almost 90 of these videos, and our partners are planning to shoot more over the coming weeks.

Thanks to the support of companies Studio Alta and Avix, the videos will be broadcast around Tokyo on giant outdoor screens like the famous Shinjuku Alta Vision.

We hope the videos can contribute in some way to the economic recovery of the disaster-stricken areas.

Tai Hasegawa, Product Marketing Manager, Japan, recently watched “Wankosoba (soba noodles in broth eaten repeatedly in small servings) Shop is open for business in Iwate.”

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How would you vote if you focused purely on the ideas needed to make our country and our world a better place, rather than on the parties putting them forward? That’s a question that the new YouTube Town Hall seeks to answer.

YouTube Town Hall is an online platform for members of Congress to virtually debate and discuss the most important issues of the day. You can select an issue, watch two short videos of members of congress expressing different perspectives on how to tackle this issue, and then support the one you agree with most. The most supported videos will be tracked on the YouTube Town Hall Leaderboard. After you watch the video, you’ll find out which party the representative comes from—and sometimes you might be surprised.

The first issues up for debate—budget, economy, energy, Afghanistan, education and healthcare—are those that were among the most popular on Google News and Google search over the past year. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask the questions you want members of Congress to answer. Every month, members of Congress will add new videos to the site answering a selection of the top-voted questions. So if you’re interested in lowering gas prices, reforming the tax system or making college more affordable, ask now!

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This week on youtube.com/music, we’re thinking about film and music. The two art forms have a love affair dating back to the 1890s, when piano players were hired to cover up the clattering noise of the film projector. Over the years that relationship has transformed; we now think of film and music as inseparable. This week, we profile two innovative and very different projects that are putting video and music on equal artistic footing -- and we bring you one album premiere!

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi curate the homepage
You know Danger Mouse. Maybe you’ve heard his Grey Album, which artfully mashed up Jay-Z’s Black Album and The Beatles’ White Album to near-universal acclaim. Maybe you know him as one-half of super-duo Gnarls Barkley. Or perhaps you dig Broken Bells? His restless creativity has found a lot of outlets over the years, but when he teamed up with Italian composer Daniele Luppi for his latest project, the focus quickly turned cinematic. The duo share a love of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western soundtracks, and with the help of Jack White and Norah Jones, they turned that love into a spacious, absorbing and slightly mysterious album. Then they took it a step further, inviting director Chris Milk to create a groundbreaking and beautiful interactive web video. (Type ro.me into a Chrome browser to see what they’ve done.) Luppi and the Mouse curate YouTube’s homepage today with their favorite Chris Milk films.



VideoSongs: creativity gone wild
If Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi have inspired boundary-pushing video experiments, “videosong” makers are actually dissolving the boundaries between song and video. The videosong has two rules: first, what you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice). Second, if you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds). The duo Pomplamoose are now well-known for their charming experiments in this realm, but an entire world of creators has popped up around the form. Whether they’re incorporating skate park videos as percussion instruments or adeptly covering Radiohead, this rapidly burgeoning scene is ground zero for music/video innovation on YouTube. Check it out now!



SMOD album premiere
You probably haven’t heard of SMOD, but here’s why you care about them: Manu Chao produced their album, and one member is the son of Mali’s pioneering blind musical duo Amadou & Mariam. So if you like African pop with a bit of hip-hop in its jaws, this album is for you. Sunny pop, ringing guitars, harmonizing singers...just a little bit of summer, before summer officially starts.



Sarah Bardeen, Music Community Manager, recently watched “Diego Stocco - Music from a Bonsai.”

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We live in a world that feels smaller every day. As we become accustomed to nearly ubiquitous coverage of the news and events unfolding around the world, it’s easy to forget the price that is sometimes paid to obtain quality, accurate reporting on important stories—particularly in areas of conflict or in cases of government repression of the media. With this in mind, today, the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Google and YouTube are together launching the Journalists Memorial channel on YouTube to remember the journalists who have died in the last year while reporting news around the world.

Their stories are incredible: heading into a street battle with no weapon other than your camera; talking about politics over the radio, only to be beaten to death with iron bars by a group of thugs on the way to work. The risks and sacrifices that many have made in order to provide us with accurate information is remarkable. On the Journalists Memorial channel you can watch a collection of videos representing these journalists’ lives and their work.



This channel will become a digital version of the Newseum’s Journalists Memorial, which is re-dedicated annually to honor journalists worldwide who have died during the preceding year. This year, 77 names are being added to the list of the more than 2,000 journalists who have been recognized for their sacrifices since 1837. At today’s rededication ceremony, Krishna Bharat, the founder and head of Google News, will be delivering the keynote address, which the Newseum will post to the new YouTube channel later today.

In tribute to those who are being honored at today’s ceremony, we would like your help finding videos that profile or represent the work of all journalists who have risked or lost their lives doing the important work they do. We invite you to go to the Journalists Memorial channel and submit videos you think deserve recognition to the Moderator platform on the channel. The Newseum will be featuring additional submissions there.

Steve Grove, Head of YouTube News and Politics, recently watched "Reuters: 21 Journalists Slaughtered in Philippines Massacre."

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A new big idea in online entertainment.

Watch the first installment of IdeaJam, a new web series produced by Katalyst and Intel, where Ashton Kutcher brings together 48 filmmakers, content creators, and social media experts and challenges them to break the traditional bounds of storytelling.

Using technology, digital video, and social media, these creative minds are engaging with the online community during the development of 6 new entertainment concepts, deepening the connections between video and viewer.



Results are as varied as they are entertaining:
  • Watch Crash@MyPad as “Mr. Social” attempts to survive in LA for 24 hours on nothing but social media and the kindness of strangers.
  • Ever wonder what would happen if Facebook and Match.com had a baby? Check out MatchMyFriend, a dating service based on friend recommendations, which actually allows you to watch the live streams of your friends’ first dates.
  • Or perhaps you’ve had a recent unpleasant Facebook experience and need to confront a friend about his unflattering post on your wall? Look no further than Flame Court, the online court for online disputes.
In the next IdeaJam, Katalyst and Intel partner with renowned educator Alan November to explore ways that technology and creativity can be used to create an ideal classroom, so subscribe to the channel to see what’s to come.

Emily Wright, Display Project Manager, recently watched "Opening Ceremony Blog - Spike Jonze Presents: Lil Buck and Yo-Yo Ma."

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Each weekday, we at YouTube Trends take a look at the most interesting videos and cultural phenomena on YouTube as they develop. We want take a moment to highlight some of what we've come across this week:



Check back every day for the latest about what's trending on YouTube at: www.YouTube.com/Trends

Kevin Allocca, YouTube Trends Manager, recently watched "The Tragedy of First Position."

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Every spring, the Short Film Corner at Cannes features hundreds of the world's best shorts. Now, for the third year running on YouTube, you'll be able to watch 10 of the best, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada's 7th Annual Online Film Competition.

How does the competition work? The curators at the NFB picked their favorite films from the Short Film Corner, choosing an eclectic mix of languages and genres. To vote, all you have to do is watch and thumbs up the ones you like. Voting is open to users across the globe. NFB will tally the votes and the winner will be announced at Cannes and on the NFB's YouTube channel on May 19.



Enjoy!
Nate Weinstein, Entertainment Marketing Manager, just watched The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger

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We’re introducing the first YouTube chart to track song popularity in user-generated and professional music videos. The YouTube 100 measures song traffic across official music videos, user-uploaded videos and viral debuts, and uses this data to provide a holistic view of song popularity. The new chart is published weekly, and shines a new light on the YouTube community's engagement and creativity.

This week Katy Perry’s E.T. lands on the Top 10 thanks to her own gravity-defying video and views on popular user videos that lay down rocking guitar solos, extra beats, sepia-tone allegory and other-worldly visuals (in this case from Brooklyn, not Mars).

Not only does the YouTube 100 give props when fans make original videos for popular songs, it also captures YouTube’s one-of-a-kind musical diversity: irreverent Nice Peter ranks on the chart alongside global radio stars, and Rebecca Black hits the Top 10.

You can find our new weekly chart at youtube.com/music. In the weeks to come, we will archive our charts for future exploration of original recordings, music memes, and pop hits.

YouTube users get into music as fans and original musicians, and our new chart gives the community a better way to find the most engaging music on YouTube.

Chris LaRosa, Music Product Manager, recently watched "Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California."

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A new month brings a new batch of up-and-coming talent for our On The Rise program. Our On The Rise nominees for May are in, and we invite you to check them out and vote for your favorite.

Here’s how it works: we identify channels who have grown their subscriber base in the past 30 days but haven’t quite reached 100,000. You vote on your favorite on the top right-hand corner of this blog. At the end of the week, the nominee with the most votes wins exposure on the YouTube homepage and the videos page as well as posts on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all about giving a kick start to the next generation of Partners who will go on to do big things on YouTube. Past winners like emilynoel83, joshsundquist, and theslowmoguys have seen their subscriber numbers jump, all thanks to your support.

This month, our nominees span a range of areas, from musicians to educators to vloggers. Take a look at their channels and featured videos below, and cast your vote by May 18, 2011 at 6:00pm PST. We’ll announce the winner via this blog and the YouTube homepage on May 27.

YourTeacherMathHelp

If you want to solve polynomial equations, or remember how to find the circumference of a circle, check out YourTeacherMathHelp. With hundreds of videos, you can find lessons to match what you are currently studying to make the grade or ace that standardized test.



DisneyKid1

“Young & Free” is Joseph Birdsong’s outlook on life, but it’s also the title of his first full-length album. In addition to producing music, rapping under the moniker DK1, and collaborating on the channel 5awesomegays, Joe has created comedy and art videos on his own YouTube channel since 2007.



PaulDateh

Violin. Vocals. Writing. The three words Paul uses to describe who he is and what he does. What this translates to is inspiring music that blends violin with a hip hop beat, or classical music with the soul of jazz. Paul’s goal is to be a musician in every possible way, and given his latest tracks, and growing channel on YouTube, he is almost there.



CuteGirlsHairstyles

For more than two years, CuteGirlsHairstyles has saved many viewers from tired, boring hairdos. The channel hosts videos containing modern, original hairstyles for girls and young women, most of which take under five minutes to complete.



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